Tomorrow marks 5 months since we brought Natalie home from China to the Happy Haus. Physically she has grown about 3" and gained 5 pounds since we met her. Intellectually she has learned a great deal of English as well as how to do hundreds of things that 2 year olds know how to do. Emotionally she has come to realize that she is so very loved by her Mommy and Daddy. Her nightmares have become infrequent. I think Natalie is starting to have faith that her family is for real and forever.
As of yesterday I am letting her play on the big kids' playground at school for a few minutes after I arrive to pick her up. I was amazed as I watched her today to see how much more confident she looked than when she tried out the equipment for the first time yesterday. When I arrived at school she ran to me with a huge smile on her face and was laughing as I picked her up into my arms. Then she started pointing at the playground which adjoins her "baby" playground. As she pointed she said "outside, outside" like she wasn't already outside :)
from: Sue Golden
1 year ago